CCU's Campaign for Religious Freedom Gains National Attention
Colorado Christian University's Campaign for Religious Freedom in Higher Education continues to gain momentum and national recognition. The campaign was featured in an article that appeared on the front page of today's Denver Post. The article details CCU's lawsuit against the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) to seek state funding for students who choose to pursue a Christian education at CCU. After the CCHE denied CCU's request for funding, the University filed a federal lawsuit challenging the decision.
The lawsuit recently gained national attention as the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice filed a court brief in support of the University's action against the state. This intervention could have implications for the outcome of the lawsuit as well as on similar cases throughout the country.
Ultimately, the University hopes that the lawsuit will end religious discrimination in Colorado's taxpayer-financed student aid programs. If the lawsuit is successful, CCU students would be eligible for state student aid programs, including the new College Opportunity Fund. They would no longer be penalized by the state for choosing a Christian education.